Pros And Cons Of The Korean War

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John Stuart Mill once said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse” (The Contest in America). There are always people opposing sides on whether war is the solution or the problem, and even what war is worth it all. It is an ongoing debate that can have many supporting reasons as to why war is good or as to why war is bad. Wars don’t always arise from the same conflicts, similar to arguments. There are always going to be arguments on different issues, and there will always be different ways to go about solving it. Many people can say that armed conflict is not worth it at all because of the deaths and mass destruction…show more content…
Kim II Sung was the leader of North Korea and Syngman Rhee was the leader of South Korea at the time. The war began when about 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army went across the 38th parallel. The 38th parallel was where the Soviet Union and the United States divided the Korean peninsula up for each of them. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. Only a month after the North’s attack, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. It was a war against the forces of international communism itself. Although the U.S. was not as strong as they would have liked to be at the time, it was worth it for them to go to war against North Korea because the North attacked first, U.S. hoped for a democracy, and world domination between the Soviet Union and the…show more content…
The USSR (Soviet Union) had proposed that both the Soviet Union and the Americans troops leave Korea leaving the Koreans to run their own show. Of course, the United States refused, fearing that the ideas and methods of North Korea would prevail. The United States used its United Nation's majority to form an international commission to observe elections in Korea. The United Nations Commission was of two minds about holding the election. Many of the members had opposed the establishment of a “national government” in South Korea, lest it “harden and perpetuate the existing division” ( The Commission had insisted that fundamental reforms were needed in South Korea before the election could be held. It had produced a mass of evidence on the denial of the civil rights in that area. Alongside the United Nations was the “Little Assembly,” who helped act on the matter. However, on the insistence of the United States, the “Little Assembly” acted and ordered that Korean elections be held. The Russians, who were in favor of Communism, boycotted this commission and the elections were to only take place in the American zone. Syngman Rhee, the president of South Korea expressed, “the war which we are forced to wage is a just war for the unification and independence of the motherland and for freedom and democracy.” Freedom and being able to have everyone’s voices heard was what

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